rxeight (3252) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2017 8balls (31) - Winston-Salem, USA - NOV 4, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So far in my ale journeys, the 2010 edition of ORF has been the perfect brew. This tasted like it was the best of the imperial stouts that Foothils, Olde Hickory, & Duck Rabbit had to offer in a perfect blend. I was able to enjoy it in bottles and on draft, and to be honest, I couldn’t make a distinction between draft & bottle form as to which was better (and that’s uncommon). The bourbon comes through just right in both aroma and flavor. This was one of the 1st BBA brews that I had, and it has been the benchmark for the many that I’ve enjoyed since. I can’t wait to partake in the 2012 edition!
2017 bomber. Aroma is whiskey and chocolate malt. Taste is bitter chocolate, oak, mloasses. Honey sweetness on the finish. Sammy (12768) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2017
A few years of ageing. Very rich bourbon taste, with cinammon and chocolate. Wonderfully executed. Dangerously drinkable. Homer321 (5194) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle from the rotter from a trade. Nose is moderate cocoa and fudge. Light booze and vanilla. Light oxidation. Ok but I feel it would be better fresh. Still very solid bytemesis (9240) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours clear black, medium tan head, dissipates to a large ring with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, cocoa, vanilla. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium bitter, loads of bourbon. Base beer has faded out unfortunately, leaving a ghost of cocoa behind. Medium body. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
This poured a darker brown with a small brown head. Aroma was of light barrel, fudge and oxidation. Flavor was chocolate, light barely and oxidation and light cardboard.
Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
BA tasting. Pours a deep brown black. No head. Not sure of the age of this one but guessing it’s an older version. Slight oxidation, nutty aroma. Barrel is nearly gone. Taste is nutty and sweet. Medium thin body. Light carb. ineedbeer (2257) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
22 oz bottles of 2010 and 2011 side by side.
Aroma is rather licorice forward with nice dark chocolate and roast notes. The 2011 has much richer chocolate notes. Hints of alcohol. Moderate amount of oxidation in the 2010 bottle with cardboard being most prevalent, but also some dried fruits like raisin.
Both bottles poured black with dark brown hues. Moderate sized, mocha head with nice retention.
Flavor has moderate roast notes with a nice large chocolate flavor. 2010 bottle had moderate dark fruit and some oxidation which the 2011 bottle did not have. Light alcohol and oak notes, but not much bourbon character. Hints of honey.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, the 2010 bottle had faded quite a bit but 2011 was still drinking nicely. Really rich chocolate flavors and aromas with light honey character. Rating is for the 2011 bottle. tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Snifter pour of darkness with little to no head. Aroma was typical of a smooth imperial stout, plenty of roasted malt and caramel. Barrel presence seems to have fallen off a bit. Super drinkable though, caramel and some vanilla with a mild boo ones that doesn’t overpower. Mild oaky bourbon presence. Enjoyable for sure HourGlass13 (1051) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours a dark black with a tan head. This beer is big and bold! Aroma is malty and rich with a hint of vanilla. The taste is chocolate, molasses, raisins, and oak. You can taste the alcohol in this one for sure. Very unique beer. hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Darren the proprietor of the Local Beer Bar pulled this out while we were doing a tasting of Dark Lord 2014 which I brought back from DLD 2014. Pour was rich almost black with a thin tan head and light lacing. Nose is very rich with roast malts, some coconut, oak, vanilla, earth, coffee and chocolate mixed with ripe fruit. Body is bold, and the mouth feel shows booze. The flavor is a very rich chocolate malts base, with molasses, raisins, with the aforementioned vanilla and coconut. The finish is full of oak and goes on forever. Remarkable beer.